Exploring Makes Us Young. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

June 11, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Mussel Shell Deposit on Rough Rocks 

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Mussel Shell Deposit on Rough Rocks 20220529 850_8524Mussel Shell Deposit on Rough Rocks A mussel shell with wear spots deposit upon some rocks by the tide at Great Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Butterfly Mussel

Butterfly Mussel 20220529 850_8539Butterfly MusselA mussel shell in a "butterfly" configuration as the ebbing tide pulls the water from the shore at Great Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Mussel Shells Among the Shore Growth

Butterfly Mussel 20220529 850_8539Mussel Shells Among the Shore GrowthMussel shells at low tide at the shore of Great Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The growth of the shoreside grasses has come down to the tide line

There is an aspect of the tidal areas of the shore not thought of, but we should. That is how it calls for exploration and what that does to our minds. We need to talk about it.

Exploration makes us or keeps us young. There is the physical aspect of climbing around the shore in the fresh air and sunshine. This is something that is healthy in and of itself. Beyond the physical activity, it calls to our curiosity and our imaginations. It stimulates our minds.

When roaming the shoreline, we should always be asking questions as a child would. What is that? Isn't that interesting? What does that look like? How can I find out more about that? It opens up new worlds of opportunity for personal and group investigation.

Sometimes, my own investigations have led me to something important. A potential invasive species. An old outboard motor washed up on the rocks leaking oil. An exhausted unusual breed of duck on the beach washed ashore in a storm. I called environmental and wildlife rehabilitation groups in these encounters.

In these photos, as the tide went out on Great Island in Narragansett, we find mussel shells among the rocks. They look take shapes of butterflies and the Sydney Opera House. These little visual calcium carbonate visual miracles waiting for discovery.


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